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The same with tape measures- you can never have enough. I have at least four laying around the shop.
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WOW!! These are really nice ideas.
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Some years ago I got fed up with never having a pencil in my shop, so I bought a whole box of the large diameter round pencils and sharpened all of them. Then I put a few near each machine in my shop and a few on each workbench. My problem is that I have trained myself to return my pen to my shirt pocket, so at the end of the day I usually have several of these pencils in my shirt pocket. Now, I'm having trouble finding pencils in the shop again, but almost everywhere in the house I can find one of these pencils. Every once in a while I now go around the house and collect as many of them as I can find, and then take them back to the shop. Gradually I seem to be running out of my favorite large diameter pencils, so I'll likely be buying another box of them soon. I like these pencils because they are easy to see when needed, have nice soft lead that doesn't leave dents when I mark my wood, and I can spot one easily if I catch a family member with one of them. Just recently I was in my son's shop across town and collected several of my pencils that seem to have migrated from my shop to his. They are now back home in my shop too.

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Great ideas!
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I went to this tape measure holder that fits a few pencils and a knife and my phone.
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Jumping back in, I've been using the half inch pencils more lately. Mostly from HD. HD also has a new sharpener just for the larger pencile, and I will buy 2 or 3 more of the sharpeners because they are better than the electric sharpener my wife has in the art room.

I also buy Ticonderoga #1 pencils, which have an even softer lead that leaves very dark numbers in my sudoku books. I believe all shop pencils eventually grow legs and a strong desire to live elsewhere. It's genetic.

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I knew of a guy up country that always worked alone in his shop. He kept a pencil on a very strong elastic anchored around his apron top. one day he let go too soon, the elastic snapped back then broke. It drove the pencil deep into his neck and he bled to death. The RCMP couldn't figure how it happened and concluded it was a native with a blow-pipe. Only problem is natives here don't use blowpipes. A book was written about it that was covered up because it would ruin the dream of the RCMP always getting their man. Now there's talk of a movie.
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Ah, I love a tall tale.

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Ah, I love a tall tale.
Can't help but think of the possibilities, Tom. lol
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They're not lost; they're exactly where you left them!
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